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Sleep Apnea Increases Crash Risks

A new study has found truck drivers with untreated sleep apnea are five times more likely to be involved in a crash than those following a mandated treatment program. Researchers followed 1,000 truck drivers for a year. 70 of the drivers who received treatment were in accidents, while just 14 of drivers who were being treated or did not have sleep apnea had wrecks. These findings add to the overall medical opinion that sleep apnea is one of the most common causes of daytime drowsiness.

Many truck drivers are at risk of losing their job once diagnosed. In fact, truck drivers with untreated sleep apnea are employed at a company just one-third as long as those without such problems. Should they refuse to be treated, drivers are often dismissed – or they quit before they can be fired. Many go on to work for companies who don’t have such policies or treatment programs.

Professional drivers put those they share the road with at risk by not treating their sleep apnea. Falling asleep for even a moment can have deadly consequences for not only for the driver, but for everyone in their immediate surroundings. Unlike smaller vehicles, tractor trailers can’t stop quickly.Even if a drowsy driver has great reaction speeds, a truck of that size simply can’t slow down in time.

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